"Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room & the bride her canopy."
We don't mess around with warnings here in Hawaii - at least when it comes to the weather. A few years back, Hurricane Iniki ripped through Kauai, doing major damage. Last year we had a tsunami warning and the whole island chain shut down for half a day. We have these "disaster alert" warning sirens stationed strategically all over the state. They get tested every month on the first working day at 11:45am. Every month. We all know the sound.
The prophet Joel is calling the people of Israel to task. They need to repent. There's danger coming & he wants the trumpet warning cries to sound. Which got me thinking... what would it take to get all of us in Hawaii to repent & refocus on God? What if the disaster warning sirens started blaring... and people turned on their TVs or radios... and the announcement came: "We haven't lived like we should. Disaster will soon be here! Repent! Ask God for forgiveness. Ask your family for forgiveness. Recenter your lives and hearts in God's mercy! Hurry!!!"
I wonder... would anybody listen?